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job has had its ups and downs, biden's infamous candor has made him an issue. but here is why this team works, as much as president obama dislikes the congressional drama, biden thrives on it. 40 years to be exact, that is one reason he is running the initiative on the president's gun control. >> i have done this before, i passed the assault weapon -- >> more than 20 years ago? >> yes, and because the so-called biden crime bill had a certain shelf life, there was no decision to renew it. but that did not mean there was not a consensus for the bulk of what we're proposing. >> so can you guarantee that the president will sign some form of major gun legislation? >> look, i can't guarantee anything that congress is going to do. you know that, but i can guarantee that the president and i are absolutely committed to take this fight to the american people, for a rational gun safety policy in america. >> and he is smack in the middle of the fiscal fight. he cut the deal to avoid the nose dive off the fiscal cliff. now he is ready for round two. and predicts republicans will be different. >
federal officials who did come down. part of the issue i look at is as a constitutional issue, we were hoping that we could send this letter to the president obama and ask him if he would do, work with congress and not make executive orders that might counter-man something that was not law, and the law and something that would come from that point would go through congress where it should come through. >> because there is another line in the letter that says that it is pretty tough as well. we are prepared to trade our lives for the preservation of the traditional interpretation. all right. those are strong words. if there is a federal law that says that you have to do something, you are going to obey the law of the united states of america, right? >> that is correct. we would. and that is not the intent of that letter is to say that we would not be within the law. part of tissh the issue as stat every day when there is a discrimination between the state laws and the federal laws, we take it to court. we e -- we indicate in there that it is the right of the supreme court to look at it.
president obama, as she gets ready to step down as secretary of state. >>> and new york city apartments get even tinier. could you live in a space smaller than some hotel rooms? i'm wolfe blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> some top republicans aren't mincing words about the parties' problems during their winter meeting in north carolina right now. one gop star is going so far to suggest that the party has been stupid. i asked the newly re-elected rnc chair about that and more. joining us now, the chair of the republican national committee. thank you for coming in. congratulations on getting re-elected. how do you feel about that? >> well, i feel great about it. but with a great opportunity, i think that comes incredible responsibility. >> i listened to bobby jindal, the louisiana governor, a republican, maybe someday a presidential candidate. he is mincing no words in criticizing the republican party. listen to this. >> we've got to stop being the stupid party. i'm serious. time for a new republican party that talks like adults, to articulate our plans and our visions for amer
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♪ >>> just days before hillary clinton steps down as secretary of state, she and president obama are doing something they have never done before, a joint tv interview. a brand new clip from their sit down with cbs' steve croft for "60 minutes" this sunday. >> why did you want to do this, a joint interview? >> the main thing, i wanted to have a chance to publicly say thank you. i think hillary will go down as one of the finest secretary of states we've had. it has been a great collaboration over the last four years. i'm going to miss her. wish she was sticking around. but she has logged in so many miles, i can't begrudge her wanting to take it easy a little bit. i want the country to appreciate just what an extraordinary role she's played during the course of my administration, and a lot of the successes we've had internationally have been because of her hard work. >> a few years ago, it would have been seen as improbable, because we had that very long, hard primary campaign. but, you know, i've gone around the world on behalf of the president and our country. and one of the things that i s
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